This week Thiago Alcantara completed his move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, but will the youngster get into a star-studded team that has just won Europe's top prize?
Thiago is to be reunited with his former boss Pep Guardiola after reportedly signing a deal worth £21.6m.
He was made Munich’s number one target this transfer window following interest from Manchester United, and the player's decision has left several people questioning why the Spanish star made the move to Germany.
This is due to the fact that Bayern already possess a star-studded midfield which includes Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Martinez, Gustavo and recent recruit Gotze.
Bayern’s midfield last year was easily one of the best both in terms of depth and quality, which has just been enhanced with the signing of Gotze and now Thiago.
However, all of these quality players will want to play week-in week-out and it is going to be impossible for Guardiola to keep all of his squad content, in terms of the time that they spend on the pitch.
They may look to sell some of their midfield to accompany their new arrivals or perhaps even moving Javi Martinez into a centre-back role.
This is an idea Martinez could fulfil, after playing as a centre-back in brief spells at Athletico Bilboa, and would allow Thiago to play in the centre of midfield alongside vice-captain Schweinsteiger.
If we presume that the squad stays as it was last season, I don’t think Thiago would be able to break into the starting eleven.
Therefore, I feel Thiago may have just swapped one bench for another and will end up regretting his move to the German capital. He was potentially two years away from making the first-team at Barcelona, due to Xavi not being far away from retirement with him now entering into the twilight of his career.
The issue being at Bayern, their centre-midfielders are all entering the peak of their careers and will all want to be part of the first-team.
However, because Guardiola was so adamant that he wanted this player, he may have plans in order to accompany him into their starting eleven.
Martinez being moved to defence seems the most viable option and would give them a ball playing centre-back, which is becoming a main element in the modern era.
If Thiago manages to start games then he could increase his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad. Therefore, the move will be good for his career as long as he manages to nail his place in the starting eleven.
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